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Colonial Collage: Land, Nation and Resistance in Hebrew Avant Garde Poetics

When Jan 26, 2018
from 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM
Where Rooms 8 & 9
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Contact Phone 01223 765038
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Middle Eastern Studies Seminar given by Dr Chana Morgenstern, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

This talk will examine the Hebrew modernist poetic collage as a critical innovation that showcases the interplay between colonial, national, biblical, and redemptive discourses of land during the period surrounding the establishment of the Israeli state. Through readings and multilingual mappings, we will look at how these works underscore the contradictions emerging between a space that hovers in scriptural and settler-colonial dreams and the direct experience of colonialism, politics and place in 20th century Palestine.

Dr Chana Morgenstern is University Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at Cambridge University and a Senior Fellow at Newnham College. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled, A Literature for All Its Citizens: Anti-Colonial Aesthetics in Israel/Palestine, the first study of the joint Arabic literary movement established by Arab Jewish and Palestinian intellectuals and writers of the Israeli Communist Party from 1948-1965. The book reconstructs this lost cultural archive, arguing that the movement was the earliest cultural alternative to Zionism within Israel.

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